August 9, 2018 2:37 pm
Updated: August 9, 2018 2:48 pm

Peel Street construction has commuters and residents livid

Construction along Peel has residents bewildered and frustrated.

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Taylor Laframboise has been living on the corner of Peel and Doctor-Penfield for about 30 years.

She told Global News she’s generally not a morning person — at least, not until construction started near her home July 30.

Construction along Peel has residents bewildered and frustrated.

Billy Shields/ Global News

“It’s the noise that’s really difficult,” she said, adding that work starts in the area around 7:30 a.m. every day. “I call it the summer from hell.”

This phase of the project is slated to last until June 2019. Another part south of Sherbrooke to René-Levesque is scheduled to take place the following year on Peel Street.

But some residents and one expert told Global News the timeframes of the various stages aren’t clear, and that there are breakdowns in communication.

For instance, at one point recently, a detour from Doctor-Penfield sent motorists to use Robert-Bourassa, which at that time was also closed for construction.

City spokesperson Philippe Sabourin admitted this was a gaffe, but added Peel shouldn’t be considered an alternative to Camillien-Houde.

“Cotes-des-Neiges to Sherbrooke would be the best detour,” he said.

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